What if we treated time and activities like money? Those savvy with finances look to invest their money in bonds, stocks, or real estate to maximize their returns and build their financial net worth. Professional money managers devote their careers to achieving certain returns for their clients; usually trying to beat certain return benchmarks.

If you click your way through few more articles about investing you run into talk of “compounding interest.” Simply put, when you invest money over time the returns (interest, dividends, etc) compound and the number begins to pick up momentum. Some call it a snowball. Over the course of 5, 10, and 20 years, a small amount of money can turn into something quite substantial.

Let’s turn that concept around and explore how our time and activities are a similar type of investment. I would argue that a similar type “compounding” occurs in this area as well.

What does 10 minutes a day reading the Bible do?

Those 15 minutes wrestling or reading with your son before bed?

Going walking or running three days a week?

Consistently investing in those three things over the course of 5, 10, and 20 years could yield substantial returns.

The same principle could be applied to your professional career. Those hours spent drafting documents, preparing for a presentation, or working the phones following up on sales leads.

Try on “investing” as a new lens to your day. Look at the different chunks of your day and explore them as investment opportunities. Your morning commute, the lunch break, your child’s nap time, those 2 hours every evening before bed. What are those being invested in?

A great investor knows how to build a “portfolio” of practices that substantial returns year after year.  What kind of returns are you going to reap in 5 or 10 years?